A few interesting notes regarding the Book of Romans.

Do you strive to Elucidate* all of Holy Scripture?
Do you Elide** verses that do not agree with your beliefs?

"It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
Matthew 4:4

*Elucidate: To make clear and comprehensible.
**Elide: To ignore or to omit.
For a person to elide parts of Holy Scripture, it is counter to "but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" in Matthew 4:4.

Romans 1:8, "Your faith is proclaimed all over the world."

What does 'all over the world' mean? It means Universal, or in Greek, Katholikos, which was later Latinized
into Catholicus, and then into English as Catholic.
Psalms 19:3-5, "Day to day pours forth this word, night to night sends out this knowledge.
There is no speech and no utterance whose sound may not be heard; into all the earth their sound goes forth,
and unto the ends of the world their tidings."

Romans 1:18, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men
who by their wickedness suppress the truth."

For those who teach against the Church founded by Jesus Christ, they had best do their homework first.
They must go to the source, that same Church, for the truth of what it teaches, before they start teaching at all,
else they face the fury of GOD if they do not teach absolute truth regarding it.

Romans 2:1, "Therefore you have no excuse, O man, whoever you are, when you judge another;
for in passing judgment upon him you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things."

Do you recall, "Do not judge, and you shall not be judged; do not condemn and
you shall not be condemned. Forgive and you shall be forgiven"? Luke 6:37

Romans 2:6, "who will render to every man according to his works."

Yet another verse to counter those who teach that works are useless.

Romans 2:8, "...but wrath and indignation to those who are contentious, and
who do not submit to the truth but assent to iniquity."

Yet another verse which admonishes us to 'submit to the truth'.
How can anyone teach the truth of what the Catholic Church teaches unless they have first gone to the source,
to the Catholic Church itself, to find out what it really teaches, and not listen to those non-Catholics who have not done so?

Romans 2:13, "For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God,
but the doers of the law who will be justified."

What good is being a hearer only of Church teaching when the person doing the hearing will not be a doer also of what is heard?

Romans 3:23, "...all have sinned..."

Here is that pesky word 'all'. As used in this verse, does the word really mean everyone?
Did Jesus Christ sin? Have new born babies sinned? Have those who are out of mind sinned?

The Greek word, 'PAS', meaning 'ALL', can have different meanings as shown
in other verses of Scripture...
Mt 3:5-6, "There went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and
all the region about the Jordan; and they were baptized by him in the
Jordan, confessing their sins." Was all Judea, or all Jerusalem, baptized
in the Jordan? The word 'all' is used in several senses in Scripture,
and it is rarely that 'all' means all persons, taken individually.
Rom 11:26, "'ALL' Israel shall be saved." Will all be saved here,
or does the biblical sense for 'pas' have a meaning of a great many in this verse? 
Rom 15:14, "...you yourselves are full of love,
filled with 'ALL' knowledge..." Here we know for sure that the only person
filled with 'ALL' knowledge is GOD Himself. 'Pas' in many verses in
Scripture simply means a 'great number', or 'a lot'. 

Romans 6:7, "For he who has died is freed from sin."

This must have been the verse which inspired Saint Louis Marie de Montfort to say
that he will never sin again, as he lay dying.

Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Which would you rather choose?

Romans 8:16-17, "The Spirit Himself gives testimony to our spirit that we are sons of GOD.
But if we are sons, we are heirs also: heirs indeed of GOD and joint heirs with Christ,
provided, however, we suffer with Him that we may also be glorified with Him."

Why is there so much suffering in the world? We have asked that question many times.
We have seen it and experienced it ourselves. Those two verses explain the reason 'why' in
a very clear and concise manner.
How many who have asked the question have elided those two simple verses?
Those verses could easily been directed at His Church also, since that Church is His body (Eph 1:22-23)
and therefore is subject to the same scourges as was His human body.
I would suggest that you read the Book of Job for much more on the subject of suffering.

Romans 8:28, "Now we know that for those who love GOD all things work together
unto good, for those who, according to his purpose, are saints through his call."

We have heard many times that GOD brings good out of bad situations.
We cannot know the mind of GOD and cannot immediately see any good in bad situations.
However remember that we are in time and can only see what we experience at any moment.
GOD is out of time and can take something bad and turn it into something good in a time that He chooses.
The best explanation that I have ever seen regarding GOD and time is to imagine that our
lives are likened to a video tape. We can see only one frame at a time as life passes by,
whereas GOD sees the whole tape from beginning to end all at once.

Romans 8:31, "...If GOD is for us, who is against us?"

This is one of my favorite verses. Why be afraid of anything other than possibly losing our souls?
What force on earth would give you trepidation, if the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings is with you?

Romans 10:14-15, "How then are they to call upon him in who they have not
believed? But how are they to believe him whom they have not heard?
And how are they to hear, if no one preaches?
And how are men to preach unless they be sent?"

For me this is one of the best sequential threads in Holy Scripture.
How many preachers do you suppose elide this one, simply because they cannot show that they were sent by GOD?

Romans 10:16, "But all do not obey the gospel. For Isaias saith: Lord, who hath believed our report?"

I know that tens of thousands in recent centuries who did not obey the gospel when they encountered the words,
"That they may be one". Many of those are the 40,000+ individuals who founded their own ecclesial communities
without any authority whatsoever to do so.
And many still elide the words "That they may be one" today.

Romans 10:17-18, "Faith depends on hearing, and hearing on the Word of Christ.
But I say: Have they not heard? Yes, verily: Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth:
and their words unto the ends of the whole world."

Sounds like the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) doesn't it?

Romans 11:16-21, "If the dough offered as first fruits is holy, so is the whole lump; and if the root is holy,
so are the branches. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot,
were grafted in their place to share the richness of the olive tree, do not boast over the branches.
If you do boast, remember it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.
You will say, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." That is true.
They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast only through faith.
So do not become proud, but stand in awe. For if God did not spare the natural branches,
neither will he spare you."

'A wild olive shoot', doesn't that sound like one who is not worthy of being a true branch
since he or she does not fully accept all of the truths of the root from which it is attached?
The rest of the verses have said it all.
I can add nothing.

Romans 12:2, "Be not conformed to this world..."

Do you remember these verses from another page of mine, the Book of James in which I quoted from John also?
"Do not love the world, or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is
of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of GOD abides for ever."
1John 2:15-17
I repeated these verses as an example of the harmony within the Bible,
of how the various authors conform to and reinforce one another.

Romans 12:19, "Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto
wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord."

This in a complimentary verse to the command that we should 'love our neighbor'.
Did you get the message? 

Romans 13:1-5, "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.
For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
(2) Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
(3) For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority?
Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, (4) for he is God's servant for your good.
But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute his wrath
on the wrongdoer. (5) Therefore one must be subject, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience."

There is a lot to digest in those verses. They should have given Martin Luther and those who followed
in his footsteps trepidation, that is if they did not elide them from the onset of what they did.
The very basic topic for the different Christian religions is who has the authority and who does not.
The second line of the first verse is very clear and ties in with those who are sent with the authority from GOD.

Romans 14:8, "Owe no man anything except to love one another;
for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law."

How many verses are in Holy Scripture regarding the laws that must be followed?
This verse should give many of us some comfort.

Romans 15:5, "Now the God of patience and of comfort grant you to be of 
one mind, one towards another, according to Jesus Christ:"

One God, one Church, one faith, one belief, etc, etc, etc.
What part of 'one' is so hard to understand by so many? 

Romans 15:14, "...I am convinced with regard to you that you yourselves are full of love,
filled with all knowledge, so that you are able to admonish one another."

When you see error you must admonish the person(s) in error in order to correct it or else.
Be sure to read the link to the error page for the important reason of why you must do it to avoid the 'or else'. 

"Not to oppose error is to approve it; and not to defend truth is to suppress it".
Pope St. Felix III (483-492)

Romans 16:17-18, "I exhort you brethren, that you watch those who cause dissensions and scandals
contrary to the doctrine that you have learned, and avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ,
but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the simple minded."

This is for those who refuse to listen to the truth. See Titus 3:10 for more on this important topic.
I have used these verses on a few that have attacked me and who have closed minds to the truth.
As my dear Fr Dwyer would tell us, "The hardest thing to open is a closed mind."

Written by Bob Stanley
January 30, 2012
Updated  June 2, 2014

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